Whether it’s you or senior care providers who are noticing differences in your elderly family member’s hearing, the culprit could actually be as simple as too much ear wax. Here’s some information to help you determine how to correct the situation.
What Does Ear Wax Do?
Ear wax seems pretty gross, but it works hard to protect your elderly family member’s ears. Dust, germs, and tiny micro particles are all trying to find a way deeper into your senior’s ear. Ear wax catches these items and traps them with its sticky surfaces. Ear wax migrates from the inner part of the ear to the exterior of the ear canal when everything is working as it should.
Signs of Blocked Ears Due to Wax
Sometimes, however, ear wax doesn’t make its way out of the ear canal and becomes a blockage. This happens so slowly that your senior doesn’t notice it at all. Blockages of ear wax can also happen if your elderly family member cleans her ears in ways that are usually discouraged, such as with a cotton swab. Blocked ears might feel full or blocked or your senior might have pain in her ear. She could experience partial hearing loss, too.
Home Treatments May Work
There are plenty of home treatment kits available in drug stores. But they’re not recommended if your senior has a damaged ear drum or if she has other issues. It’s a very good idea to avoid using these treatments unless you know for certain that your elderly family member doesn’t have any damage to her ear drums. If you’re nervous about using some of these kits for the first time, it might be a better idea to bring your elderly family member in to see her doctor.
Talk to Her Doctor
Your elderly family member’s doctor can irrigate her ears using a water solution to wash away the ear wax. Depending on how bad the ear wax situation is multiple irrigations might even be necessary. Your elderly family member’s doctor may need to resort to suctioning the ear wax out of her ears with special tools. Some people are prone to ear wax buildup and if this is the case for your elderly family member, her doctor may want to make it a habit to check her ears when she’s in for other issues.
Once your senior has her ear wax situation under control, it might be a good idea to ask her doctor to test her hearing. This can give you a baseline to use in the future when she has difficulty hearing well.
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